Dance students dazzled Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre when they performed to full houses.
Nearly 200 students from the Sheena Wallace School of dance, based at Ulverston Road, Newbold, took part in the Just Dance show, demonstrating their talent in a variety of styles from ballet and contemporary to tap, jazz and street dance.
The show, which ran for three nights earlier this month, opened with the whole school in neon tutus and accessories which glowed under UV lights as they sang and danced to Do you love me?
The first half was primarily the younger end of the school showing their dances which included Tinkerbell, Jailhouse Rock, and Lollipop. The choreography suited the individual songs and styles of dance very well and the costumes and props complimented the performances. The student teachers wore beautiful orange and yellow floaty dresses for their lyrical dance Empire State of Mind while the juniors and Advanced Primaries wore Arabian outfits for the Aladdin songs and there were many other sparkling costumes throughout the show.
There were some memorable duets and solos performed within the show including Hannah Pearson and Lauren Haywood who portrayed their acrobatic routine to Don’t Stop Believing as well as Mhairi Herring who performed solo to I see you.
Four ex-students returned to dance with their former school including Richard Hancock and Katy Johnson who performed a contemporary duet together which had excellent emotion and proved to be very touching as well as Joanne o’Driscoll and Georgina Bailey who performed in dances such as Total Eclipse and Single Ladies.
It is tradition at the school to include a lifting dance which demonstrates acrobatics, tricks, and immense lifts. However the school excelled themselves this year with the Pirates lifting dance which opened the second half. The audience were amazed by the advanced lifts including one at the end of the dance which involved three girls stacked up on each other’s shoulders.
The finale, Time of my life, has been dubbed as ‘the best finale yet’. Three of the girls who are leaving the school to go to university each performed a small section of the song with Richard Hancock. He then jumped off the stage, danced with the student teachers down the aisles and then lifted Mhairi Herring up into the air in the classic Dirty Dancing lift as the audience clapped and cheered in amazement!
The show would not have been possible without the dedication of Sheena Wallace, Kirsty Stevenson, Lisa Green and Hollie Needham who put in time and effort to choreograph and teach classes as well as perform in the show themselves.